A Covid Marshall tasked with monitoring the health status of supporters upon their arrival at Leeds stadium ahead of a Premier League match against Arsenal on December 18, 2021
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“Following requests for postponements from Leeds United and Watford due to Covid-19, the Premier League board met this morning and regretfully agreed to postpone the two club matches scheduled for the Boxing Day “, Boxing Day,” the Premier League said in a statement.
The League had already had to postpone ten matches over the last three days of the league, including six of the ten scheduled for last weekend, as Britain faces a record number of Covid-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant .
On Monday, its board of directors had already considered requests for postponement, but it had then ruled out this option because of a supposed risk of undermining the integrity of the competition.
This crisis occurs at a pivotal period of the English football season, both sporting and financially, in view of the crowds expected during the three days scheduled between December 26 and January 3.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp and Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte have pleaded for a one-game reduction in the English League Cup semi-finals Liverpool-Arsenal and Tottenham-Chelsea, scheduled for the start January, in order to unclog the calendar. Last year, these semi-finals were reduced to a single meeting due to the pandemic.
Spurs, seventh in the Premier League, have three games to go due to postponements linked to bad weather conditions and the coronavirus epidemic within the workforce.
“It would be better to play one game instead of two, especially in the current context, but we are playing by the rules,” said their coach, Italy’s Antonio Conte.
“I think it would be better to play only one game, but what I say is not too important,” said German Liverpool technician Jürgen Klopp, not opposed to the idea of going to challenge Arsenal at the ‘Emirates Stadium.
Its captain, Jordan Henderson, worried Wednesday that “nobody takes seriously the well-being of the players”, in a context of nagging concerns about the number of matches imposed on the teams. Last week, Liverpool recorded four cases of Covid in its workforce.